Gregory Hicks, a former U.S. deputy chief of mission in Libya, who still works at the U.S. State Department, claims he was "punished" for speaking out on the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012.
"I feel that I was punished," Hicks told ABC's "This Week" (video below). "I don’t know why I was punished. I don’t know why I was shunted aside — put in a closet, if you will."
MediaMatters.org reports that Hicks is receiving the same pay as before, but now works in Washington D.C., a decision he claims was his own. During the House Oversight Committee hearing, Hicks stated:
Based on the criticism that I received, I felt that if I went back, I would never be comfortable working there. And in addition, my family really didn't want me to go back. We'd endured a year of separation when I was in Afghanistan 2006 and 2007. That was the overriding factor. So I voluntarily curtailed — I accepted an offer of what's called a no-fault curtailment.
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That means that there's — there would be no criticism of my departure of post, no negative repercussions. And in fact Ambassador Pope, when he made the offer to everyone in Tripoli when he arrived — I mean Charge Pope — when he arrived, he indicated that people could expect that they would get a good onward assignment out of that.
When speaking to ABC News, Hicks added, "The American people need to have the story, and American Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Ty Woods and Glen Doherty's names are names that should be remembered by every American."
However, "the story" of the Benghazi attack has been recalled numerous times in front of Congress, including by Hicks himself. No one has ever suggested the names of the Americans killed should not be remembered.